April 12, 2020 - Greensboro, NC
So yeah- Easter in a pandemic? We did our best haha. No visitors and no visiting so it was just us for the holiday. I tried to put together some fun Easter baskets, Jon's mom had some candy delivered from CVS, and Mom mailed the boys some goodies.
We had been doing egg hunts all week, and put on our Easter clothes on the warmest day for some fun photos with the pretty flowers before it got cold and rainy again. Egg hunts are one of their favorite things. They loved walking around the yard and picking them up.
Easter morning they tore into those baskets! Luke was very interested in the books and toys where Graham just wanted all the candy. We talked to all our family over Zoom and FaceTime and enjoyed the relaxing day.
Just another day in Quarantine... oh and Happy Easter!
December 29-January 1: Asheville, NC
A fun few days of breweries and good eats!
Jon's parents graciously agreed to keep the twins so we could get away for a few days to Asheville. A break is always good - we get some time to reconnect and not have to worry constantly about keeping two one-year olds alive. haha.
Our first stop (after checking in to our hotel) was over to Highland Brewing. I had always wanted to visit but because it's a little out of the way we had never made a stop. It was so much bigger than I thought! Some really fun outdoor space (that in the summer I'm sure is wonderful) and a big tasting room. I got a round of tasters while Jon tried a couple of beers. I also randomly got a free 5min massage (when in Asheville right?!) A reggae band started shortly after we arrived so we decided after our round that we would head out... not really our scene ha.
Next we headed to Cursus Keme. I found it online and it was nearish to Highland so it seemed like a good place to stop. It was a very cool building. Previously a garage obviously it had been redone in a very dark wood, but still nature filled way. And the beer was good!
Then we headed to White Duck Taco to eat. I'd eaten here a couple of years earlier and had been wanting to come back. SO GOOD. We also had to have some queso of course!!
Our last stop of the night was to New Belgium. They were closing early but I was able to get a round of tasters in while Jon had a couple beers. Good ending to the night!!
The next morning we had looked up places to run and so headed over to Carrier Park in Asheville to do some short runs. It was brisk but sunny and the park was pretty nice - a few muddy spots - but it was nice to run along the river. After showering and getting ready for the day, we met up Dave and April Smithwick who live just outside of Asheville, at Sierra Nevada Brewing.
We had delicious pretzels and beer cheese, yummy pizza, and a couple rounds of beers. April and Dave decided to hang with us for a few more hours while they had a babysitter and headed to our next stop with us. Funkatorium! Always fun to visit Wicked Weed's sour spot. We sat outside in the sun and enjoyed the day. Our last stop with April and Dave was Twin Leaf. A couple of beers (and water) and good conversation. Always so fun to catch up with old friends!
After we split ways, we stopped at one last place, Catawba, before heading to our dinner reservations for the evening. One beer and water later we took a few photos and then off we went to dinner. Tupelo Honey is so good. And while we ate at the Biltmore Forest location instead of downtown it was still quite good! Thankfully we made reservations as it was still crowded!
NYE dawned with another run in Carrier Park - this time going the opposite direction but proving to be the better part of the trail! Thankful for these runs to get us up and going in the morning. Our stops for the day consisted of first visiting: Vortex Donuts!, Wicked Weed, Bhramari Brewing, Green Man Brewing, and closing it out at Burial. Then we headed home to quickly change to meet Jordan and Christopher at Aloft Hotel Bar before our dinner reservations. We ate a yummy dinner at BlackBird Cafe. So stuffed afterwards. Then headed over to the Greenhouse for some fun ciders before ringing in the new year in our comfy clothes back in our hotel. :)
New Years Day started with a long walk for me (and run for Jon) one last time in Carrier Park. Great place to exercise these last couple of days. Our final stop of the weekend was brunch at Curate. We had eaten here for our 4th Anniversary and it was amazing. We were so happy to be back. Delicious mimosa and even better food to start off the New Year. Let's hope 2020 is as wonderful as this meal!
Thanks Asheville for yet another fun few days for New Years!!!
Holy Holidays Batman!
Our first order of business was seeing Santa (which we did twice!). First at a local hotel. And honestly we were more excited by the firetrucks outside (because some kid pulled the alarm...) than actual Santa. But no tears so it was a win!
Then we once again we traveled the state for the holidays. First starting in Wilmington with my dad's side of the family. We got to spend time with all the extended crew. It was a little overwhelming for the twins but overall I think they did ok.
They got some fun toys that they wanted open immediately AND they got to do play in a big bouncy house. They really enjoyed going down the slide.
After Wilmington we were in Raleigh for the next couple of days. We saw our second Santa (Luke cried hard!) and I went to an xmas themed pop up bar! We visited with lots of friends and then did our Christmas celebration with mom's side on Xmas Eve. Again lots of fun presents for the twins, some clothes for Jon and me, and lots of yummy food. We drove back to Greensboro that evening.
Christmas morning dawned with quick runs for Jon and me, followed by getting everything ready for Santa and to head to Waynesville in the afternoon.
We had a blast getting our Santa presents!! There was a Thomas the tank Engine for Luke and a Little Blue truck for Graham. They got books and duplos from Mommy and Daddy. They had the best time opening presents! Then we ate a quick yummy breakfast before loading up the car to head to the mountains.
We arrived just in time for more presents! And then naptime, food, lots of people and again more presents. It was a very good Christmas Day.
And of course a great holiday two week run. Always nice to see family even though by the end we are all exhausted. :) Happy Holidays!
November 28-30, 2019 - Raleigh and Waynesville, NC
We spent Thanksgiving day in Raleigh. First taking on a turkey trot and then enjoying time with family. The twins had fun visiting with everyone and playing with all the toys. We ate a yummy lunch (that they ate some of haha) and then headed back to Greensboro after naptime.
The next day we got up early and drove up to Waynesville for the rest of the weekend. We watched lots of football, visited Boojum, and enjoyed visiting with family.
Enjoy the photos!
October 31 and November 1, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
Halloween ended up being super stormy at night so our neighborhood opted for trick or treating on Friday instead. But earlier in the day I took the twins to Halloween storytime at our local library. We dressed up in our lion costumes and made it there just in time. They got to play with some pumpkins, sing some songs, and listen to some stories. Definitely a fun morning!
Trick or treating the following day was hilarious. At first they didn't understand what to do, and then they tried trading candy, and then they got really upset when it was over and we took away the candy. But boy were the really cute lions! <RAWR>
October 26, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
Boy oh boy was this entertaining!
We have a local place called Pigtails and Crewcuts that I had heard good things for first haircuts. They have a little package you can get- with a photo, keychain, and lock of hair. So we showed up on Saturday morning hoping to squeeze in before lunch.
At first the twins were like cool this place has a train set to play with! But once they were seated in their respective car chairs all bets were off.
Luke went first, grabbed the steering wheel, and held on for dear life. Not coming close to cracking a smile the entire time. It was really pretty funny. No tears and he sat completely still but would not smile AT ALL. But the mullet is gone and we barely recognize him.
Graham was next, also concerned, would not grab the wheel but also wouldn't smile. He didn't cry but their were times I thought he might. He sat perfectly still though.
They both did great! And have cut cleaned up haircuts to prove it. :)
August 30-September 2, 2019 - Waynesville, NC
We drove up to the mountains to see Jon's family for the long weekend. Went for runs/walks at the lake, cooked out on the back deck, had a good time! The twins really liked swinging and running around on the deck. They also got to go to church and played with all the bulletins and hymnals. ha.
And finally the got to apple pick! They didn't know what to make of it but did show off their apples! Always a good time!!
August 5, 2019 - Asheboro, NC
Jon's parents came to town, we celebrated Grammy's birthday, and then we decided to take a morning trip to the zoo!
I went to the Asheboro Zoo a lot as a kid with my grandparents so I was familiar but it had been a long time. We decided to visit Africa on this trip so the boys could see all the animals we'd been reading about in books. They still get in free (until age 2) after which we might get an annual pass if we come a lot- it's only 40mins away!
We saw elephants, zebras, giraffes, and lots of monkeys! Some of Africa is closed while they build an Asia section. And it's funny- what seemed so big as a kid felt a lots smaller as an adult. ha! Both kiddos loved seeing the animals. Graham was content to ride around in the stroller but Luke wanted to walk around on his own- Mr. Independent.
For lunch, we stopped at their chicken restaurant and chowed down. Twins are big fans of chicken nuggets and fries. They got banana and animal crackers too.
All in all a good first (of hopefully many) visits to the zoo!
August 7, 2019
We made it to year 5! Props to us haha.
We actually didn’t get to celebrate until early August as Jon was working band camp on our actual anniversary. But when we did we took a brewery tour of Greensboro and then followed it up with a yummy dinner at Green Valley Grill.
Our gift to each other this year is our new house because yes there went all our money 😂.
Cheers to 5 years and here’s to many more!!
July 4, 2019 - Raleigh, NC
We drove to Raleigh for the day for a cookout and to see family. The twins ate hamburger and baked beans as well as some tasty peach cobbler for dessert. And of course I took lots of photos so had to put those up!